Archive for the ‘Art Competitions’ Category

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, for “Fuel for the Fire” Exhibition – Deadline Aug. 7, 2017

July 30, 2017

CLARIFICATION: This Call for Art is open to 2D and 3D (sculptural) work.

“Fuel for the Fire” – works exploring materiality of wood and paper. This juried show is hot, hot, hot with $1,500 in cash awards! The Arts Council is looking for contemporary artists who work with some of art’s most organic materials to create works of art that transcend their elements and captivate the viewer.

The “Fuel for the Fire” exhibition will be on view from Aug. 25 to Oct. 21, 2017, at the Arts Center (301 Hay St.) Fayetteville, NC.

Submit digital images for consideration at (www.callforentry.org) by Aug. 7, 2017.

In this juried show, artists explore and manipulate the materiality of wood and paper in two dimensional and sculptural forms, illustrating evolving techniques and aesthetics by highlighting the expressive capacity and growing sophistication of the materials.

Artists of 18 years or older are invited to enter work.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 allows artists to enter up two pieces of artwork. Entry does not guarantee inclusion.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

For further information contact Mary Kinney by calling 910/323-1776, ext. 239, visit the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, e-mail to (maryk@theartscouncil.com) or visit (www.theartscouncil.com/opportunities).

Ginger Nicholson Nance Wins the “I Love Union County Photo Contest” in Union County, NC

July 30, 2017

Ginger Nicholson Nance was announced the winner of the “I Love Union County Photo Contest” in Union County, NC. She won the $500 award.


“Winter in the South” by Ginger Nicholson Nance

Thanks to the participants and visitors for making the “I Love Union County Photo Contest” a success! We are overwhelmed by the artistic talent of the entrants and the level of community support demonstrated by the voters!

The Union County Community Arts Council is a non-profit organization that serves as a cultural planner and resource agency with the objective of increasing awareness and participation in the arts for the citizens of Union County.

Through generous support from business and community members UCCAC:
* Champions the arts as part of the core curriculum for all students in all Union County schools.
* Awards grants to arts organizations, schools and artists increasing resources available for community arts and arts education programs throughout Union County.
* Fosters education through the arts within our community.
* Is consistently recognized as a leader among arts organizations in North Carolina.

Learn more about how you can support the arts and arts education by visiting (unionarts.org). Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

SC Watermedia Society Extends Deadline for Digital Show – to Aug. 18, 2017

July 30, 2017

Great News… the SC Watermedia Society’s Digital Show entry deadline has been extended to Aug. 18, 2017. We have had a great entry response so far, and want to provide time for more artists to enter. After speaking with our judge Linda Baker, we have decided to extend the deadline.

The South Carolina Watermedia Society Nationwide Digital Show will be on display at the Charleston International Airport atrium, in Charleston, SC, from Oct. 7 – Nov. 25, 2017 and will be displayed digitally until Oct. 2018. Everyone who enters will have their work displayed digitally. The society’s annual statewide Traveling Show will also include the digital show. It will run from Dec. 2017 – Sept. 2018.

Click here (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4437) for details and rules for the call for entry.

Mooresville Arts in Mooresville, NC, Announces Winners of Annual Photography Exhibit

July 30, 2017

Richard Evans, Richard Ippolito and Lucy Randall were first place winners at Mooresville Arts’s annual photography exhibit July 2017. Awards were presented Friday, July 14 at Mooresville Arts Gallery, 103 W. Center Street in Mooresville, NC.


Lucy Randall with her winning entry

Second place winners were Kevin Combs, ‘Gina Riccaaradeli and Jennifer Brown. Placing third place were Sarah Johnson, Martha-Marie Crespo and Megan Smith. Awarded honorable mention were Ernie Griffith, Bill Taylor, Jackie Davis, Steve Luchey, Patrice Winsovich and Jennifer Brown.

Event chair was Gina Riccaradeli.

For further info call Ellen Patterson at 704-663-0189 or e-mail to (pattfinanep@gmail.com).

NC Outer Banks Artists Selected For Statewide Exhibition

July 12, 2017

Three members of Dare County Arts Council, in NC, Mary Edwards, Peggy Saporito and Bobby Wiltshire have been selected for the 2017 Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 72nd statewide exhibition.

A total of 266 entries were submitted for this year’s exhibition, which will be on display at Greensboro College’s Anne Ruff Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries in Greensboro, NC, October 15- November 18, 2017.

“What an honor it is to be accepted into this year’s WSNC annual juried competition,” said watercolor artist Mary Edwards. “Thank you, WSNC, for making the annual art show and meeting fun and successful! Can’t wait for the art-filled weekend with internationally acclaimed artist Mary Whyte.”

Mary Whyte juried the show selecting 70 paintings for the annual exhibition. She is a watercolor artist, teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national and international recognition. Her portraits are in corporate, private and university collections, and in permanent collections of the South Carolina Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have been juried into the 72nd Watercolor Society of NC Exhibition by Mary Whyte with my painting ‘Play Ball’,” said watercolor artist Peggy Saporito. “As an outstanding writer, teacher and watercolor artist, I admire her accomplishments and talent and truly value her opinion as a juror.”

All are cordially invited to attend the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 72nd Exhibition Opening Reception on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm.

For more information about the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (ncwatercolor.com).

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

Full Circle Arts in Hickory, NC, Calls for Entries for Exhibit “Assemblages” – Deadline July 22, 2017

July 12, 2017

Full Circle Arts of Hickory, in Hickory, NC, is looking for artists in the greater Hickory area to enter work for a new themed exhibition entitled “Assemblages”. For this competition we are asking artists to submit works which are made up of different things put together in a cohesive artwork hence the name “assemblages”. The show will run from July 27 until August 26, 2017. We believe that this theme will add a more varied creativity and explore different mediums in the artists work. Visitors to the show will be able to experience diverse and whimsical creations as the artists portray their ideas in their work in a variety of techniques and materials.

The show will be judged and juried for acceptance. The judge for this show is yet to be determined. We will be giving cash awards of $100, $75 and $50 for First, Second and Third place winners. Honorable Mentions will be awarded with ribbons. Artists are allowed to enter up to 3 works of art for a fee of $35 for non-members, $25 for patron and associate members and $10 for Exhibiting members. No work may be larger than 48″ in any direction. All 2-D work must be framed or wrapped and properly wired for hanging. 3-D artwork must be on a base or pedestal. Artwork should be hand delivered to our gallery, 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, in Hickory, NC, Thurs. and Friday July 20 and 21, 11am-5pm and Sat., July 22, 10am – 2pm. Any pieces which do not make it into the show may be picked up at the reception or that weekend, July 27, 28 and 29 during gallery hours.

We will have an opening reception for the show on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6-8pm, where refreshments will be provided and awards presented.

Full Circle Arts will retain a 35% commission on any work sold for non-members, 30% for Associate Members and 20% for Exhibiting Members.

FCA is an artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available by calling 828/322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or e-mail to (info@fullcirclearts.org). Please visit our website at (www.fullcirclearts.org).

South Carolina Watermedia Society Seeks Donations for SCWS First National Digital Show

July 7, 2017


Would you consider making a tax deductible donation to help provide awards for the top 30 paintings in the SCWS first National Digital Show. Donations can be made in honor of an individual or a group. Donors and sponsors will be listed in the show catalog.

This year’s show is from October 7 through November 25, 2017, in Charleston, SC, at the Charleston International Airport, in the front atrium.

All of those donating receive promotions in the media and in our catalog which is circulated statewide with a traveling exhibit. In addition, advertisements may be placed in the catalog to provide general program support and artist awards.

Click here to make your contribution (https://scwatermedia.com/sponsorships/).

Click here to learn more about the digital show (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4437). Entry deadline for the show is July 28, 2017.

Mint Hill Arts in Mint Hill, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual “People’s Choice Award” Art Show – Deadline July 29. 2017

June 29, 2017

Mint Hills Arts, located at 11205 Lawyers Rd., Ste. A, Mint Hill, NC, 28227 is calling for entries for its Annual “People’s Choice Award” Art Show, which will be on view from August 4-23, 2017.

The Mint Hill Arts (MHA) annual “People’s Choice Award” show will be held August, 2017 and is open to MHA members and non-members. Artists are encouraged to submit their work using any mediums and subject matter. MHA will be accepting submissions Friday, July 28, from 4-6pm and Saturday, July 29, from 10am–noon. Additional information and forms for entering the show are available on the Mint Hill Arts website; (www.minthillarts.org).

Awards will be given to the artwork with the most votes in five categories: Best in Show, Prettiest, Funniest, Most Creative, and Best Repurposed Art. Awards are determined by the number of votes a piece of art receives in each of the five categories. To kick-off voting in the “People’s Choice Award” show, MHA will host a reception, from 7-9pm, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. The reception is free (donations are greatly appreciated) and open to the public.

Ballots will continue to be accepted until Aug. 23, 2017. Please stop by to cast your vote and visit the gallery and gift store.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

Admission Fees:
MHA Members: $10 for up to 2 pieces.
Non-members: $30 for up to 2 pieces.

Sizes: 2-D work cannot exceed 60″ x 60″ vertically or horizontally and 3-D work cannot exceed a 36″ footprint x 7′ in height, and must be easily transportable, fit through the door, and be displayed appropriately.

Rules:

Each artist may enter up to two (2) individual pieces in any medium.

All work must be original. Reproductions of work done by other artists will be disqualified.

All 2D artwork must be properly framed and wired (see website for more information). If your 2-D work does not require a frame, hanging must be thought out so it is ready to be displayed. Please try to avoid using poor quality frames (we’ve had artwork fall and break due to this).

All artists must fill out our Gallery Registration Form and affix our Intake Labels. See the MHA website for more information and links to these forms. It will save you time at Intake to print them, fill them out and bring them in with your artwork, but they will be available at Intake for those who choose to fill them out in the gallery.

Mint Hill Arts accepts all artwork but reserves the right to turn down any artwork that it deems as inappropriate, unsafe for public display or too difficult to install.

Entering artists must be 18 years old or have written permission from a parent/guardian.

All artwork must remain in the show until its closing, unless it is sold in which case it can be taken from the gallery at the time of the sale. If you have an emergency and must remove your artwork, you must notify the Gallery Chair (tbarbato@carolina.rr.com) and make arrangements accordingly.

For all sales, MHA withholds a 20% commission.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Call for Artists for 14th annual “Bring Us Your Best Art Exhibition” – Deadline Aug. 1, 2017

June 29, 2017

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville NC, is making a call for artists to enter ‘Bring Us Your Best XIV”, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, from 5-7pm. Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in “Bring Us Your Best”, now in its fourteenth year. The popular exhibition will be cohosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 10am to 4pm. No late entries will be allowed. There are no geographic restrictions for entrants.

A juried and judged competition, “Bring Us Your Best XIV” offers more than $3,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of four categories: two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception; this award is being presented by two sponsoring artists, Walter Arnold and John Patrick McAfee, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show.

The winner of the One Planet, One World award sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville will be announced at the opening reception. The $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. Sponsored by The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop, the winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist.

“Bring Us Your Best XIV” will be on display weekdays from 10am to 4pm from Monday, Aug. 7 – 18. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork is for sale during the reception and during the course of the exhibition.

Artists can find the prospectus with information for entering the show by contacting the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or call 828/693-8504. The prospectus and more information are also available at (www.acofhc.org).

“Bring Us Your Best XIV” is sponsored in part by the Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or 828/693-8504.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance is on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces Winners of “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”

June 22, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the winners of the “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”. Forty-five artists are represented in this exhibit, and artwork will remain on display through July 29, 2017.

Juror, Sondra Dorn is a studio artist living in Asheville, NC. She received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1996. Following graduate school, Dorn went on to a one year Artist-in-Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and then a three-year Artist-in-Residency at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. She was also a CORE fellowship student at Penland between the years 1992 through 1994. Dorn shows her work in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Visit her website at (http://sondradorn.com).

Best of Show; $350

“Man In His Fuzzy Onesie Suit” by Carole Childers

“This painting appealed to me right away. I really loved the deep colors, the compressed space and the way that the different patterns were densely packed together. This could have been claustrophobic but the peacefulness of the relaxed man offset the surroundings beautifully,” said Sondra Dorn.

2nd Place; $200

“Thank You” by Marti Kardol

“I really enjoyed the use of materials in this collage and how they blended together. The artist created an interesting suggestion of a narrative while letting me wonder what the whole story was. I also enjoyed the contrast between the realism and the hand drawn. The use of empty space was particularly effective and added to the composition,” said Sondra Dorn.

3rd Place; $150

“East Side Blues” by Mary Dobbin

“In this collage, I was impressed by the way the artist transcended the materials,” said Sondra Dorn. “Although many elements could have been identified, the way it was assembled brought the separate components together, creating a compelling and believable space.”

People’s Choice; $150

“A Dog’s Life” by Roberta Kogut

Judges Merit Awards, not in any particular order; each received $100:

“Blooms in Grey” by Kat Thomas

“This painting jumped right out at me. I loved the pattern and the contrast of the bold bright ‘blooms’ floating in unformed neutral space,” said Dorn.

“Still Life With Tomato” by Ed Dyer

“Simply a lovely painting. Quiet and rich, it felt as if I could just be with this vignette for a long time just enjoying the environment the artist created,” said Dorn.

“Pressure” by Brenda Lyday

“This piece caught my attention. It is an interesting mix of the real and unreal. An actual object combined with a semi-realistic and disembodied head was compelling. It made me want to look away and look closer at the same time,” said Dorn.

Honorable Mentions:

“Help Yourself” by Karen M. Yost

“This quiet little print was a pleasure to look at. I loved the way the easy drawing style and gesture is echoed in the relaxed and somewhat ambiguous narrative,” said Dorn.

“Game Pieces” by Anna Cate Franklin

“This painting has a great use of space and color. I liked the way the colors seemed nearly monochromatic even though they are not. I also enjoyed the dynamic push pull between a very flat surface and a deeper sense of space,” said Dorn.

“The Wise One” by Brenda Lyday

“The use of materials in this piece was very clever and effective. The contrast between the actual wood and the sculpted and drawn elements is interesting, and I enjoy the way the piece rides the line between painting and object,” said Dorn.

“Circinate Veneration” by Melissa Jaroszewski

“I really like the somewhat strange realism of this painting. The pattern of the background with the superimposed flowers occupying the same plane intrigued me,” said Dorn.

The Caldwell Arts Council’s mission is to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County, to encourage participation in art events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences.

For more information, call 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).